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About Us

PazSalud (‘PeaceHealth’ in Spanish) is an international humanitarian health mission jointly founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace (CJSP) and PeaceHealth in 2000.  It was designed as an opportunity for both organizations to deliver health care services to people living in poverty in El Salvador, believing that this service is a powerful expression of the mission of both sponsors.  The CSJP have lovingly collaborated with the people of El Salvador since their civil war in the late 1980s, initially by working in wartime refugee camps and then, through the leadership of Sr. Eleanor Gilmore, the creation of PazSalud.

Two men wearing hatsMission

PeaceHealth is committed to utilizing the gifts of our health care system to improve the lives of Salvadorans who live in poverty.  In our work and through our ongoing presence in El Salvador, PazSalud provides free health care for people who have very limited resources or options.

 

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PazSalud (‘PeaceHealth’ in Spanish) envisions a world filled with healthy, happy people.  We strive to improve the health of El Salvador, using as our guide the mission and values of PeaceHealth and of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace and we work with groups and individuals who are willing to join us in this endeavor.  Meanwhile, we carry on the healing mission of Jesus Christ by promoting personal and community health, relieving pain and suffering, and treating each person in a loving and caring way.

Inspiration

We use as our guides the mission and values of PeaceHealth and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace (CSJP).

PeaceHealth Mission Statement

We carry on the healing mission of Jesus Christ by promoting personal and community health, relieving pain and suffering, and treating each person in a loving and caring way.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace Mission Statement

The Gospel of Peace in its mission of justice guides our lives as Sisters and Associates. Our call to peacemaking permeates all aspects of our lives.

Our Founder and Staff

Sister Eleanor Gilmore

Sister Eleanor Gilmore was the founder and first Director of PeaceHealth's El Salvador Health Mission known as PazSalud; a program to which she brought the experience of her lifetime and her love for the people of El Salvador.  Sr. Eleanor personified the PeaceHealth and CSJP missions by bringing the spirit of healing to the poor of El Salvador through her dedication to service and her commitment to health care equality.

Darren Streff

Darren Streff is PazSalud's Country Coordinator responsible for all aspects of the mission in El Salvador including preparations, patient follow-up, and ongoing liaison with our Salvadoran partners. 
dstreff@peacehealth.org 

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Sister Amalia Camacho

Sr. Amalia Camacho is PazSalud's Mission Liaison.  She serves as the primary contact between PeaceHealth/PazSalud and the CJSP and is responsible for ensuring that the integrity and the values of the CSJP are reflected in all aspects of PazSalud’s work.
sisteramalia@gmail.com

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PazSalud Health Mission
PeaceHealth Shared Services Center
1115 SE 164th Avenue, Dept. 314
Vancouver, WA 98683
360-729-1474